Alcohol, social media and public nuisance are proving to be the fuel for some schoolies this week.
20 school leavers were arrested overnight by Queensland Police on 26 charges relating to public nuisance and street offences on the Gold Coast. Nine other schoolies were served liquor infringement notices, police said.
Schoolies aren’t the only public annoyance: the predatory older “toolies” are once again making trouble. This week, 36 ‘toolies’ were arrested, bringing the total for the year so far to 116.
Police have praised schoolies’ behaviour saying they have been “generally happy” with school leavers this year.
Schoolies’ do face 21st century problems though.
Optus and Telstra have confirmed that the arrival of over 30,000 school leavers with their heavy use of social media and texting will strain local telephone networks.
An Optus spokesman said their technicians were trying to fix the problem.
“Optus is closely monitoring its network in light of a spike in mobile network traffic during Schoolies Week,” he said.
The network traffic however, does not pose a threat to emergency service calls as Telstra and Optus said 000 calls were given priority and should have no trouble getting through.
As the first week of schoolies will wrap up this Friday, clubs, bars and supermarkets will restock their shelves for the next group of schoolie partygoers. – Charlie-rose Mielczarek
Photo of “toolies” from Instagram.